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California’s online community college plans to open in fall to limited group

Sun, 2019-08-04 02:02

Nanette Asimov, San Francisco Chronicle

Opening day for California’s first online community college is 10 weeks away, but that doesn’t mean the public will be able to enroll — at least not this year. College officials had announced that fall registration would begin this summer for the state’s 115th community college, the first fully online public school in the state. But instead of letting all California residents enroll as planned, officials say the first class will be hand-picked with help from the Service Employees International Union labor group, most likely from its own ranks.

https://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/California-s-online-community-college-plans-to-14109597.php

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Are Today’s Rising Leaders Willing To Learn What It Takes?

Sat, 2019-08-03 02:10

Alexandra Levit, Forbes

In two online research studies conducted in 2018 and 2019, we asked 500 North American hiring managers about their talent activation strategies. Critically, we learned that most leaders feel current employees aren’t doing enough to drive their own growth and rely too heavily on organizational direction. For example, only 24% of respondents cited their employees as “definitely” proactive in taking charge of their professional development. Similarly, less than half of hiring managers “strongly agreed” that their employees recognize the importance of learning agile.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/yec/2019/07/25/are-todays-rising-leaders-willing-to-learn-what-it-takes/

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A committee wants to bring Maine Law Online, but ‘Byzantine’ regs from ABA stand in the way

Sat, 2019-08-03 02:04

By Henry Kronk, eLearning Inside

Two trends in education have been gaining steam in the past few years. First, as enrollment declines and many smaller colleges and universities experience budget squeezes, some have eyed online learning as a means to reach more students and/or bring down the cost of instruction. Second, law schools have been pushing their accreditor, the American Bar Association, for greater leniency when it comes to online and distance instruction. Both of these trends have converged in the state of Maine this summer with the release of a committee report advising the future strategy of the University of Maine Law School, known as Maine Law.

https://news.elearninginside.com/a-committee-wants-to-bring-maine-law-online-but-byzantine-regs-from-aba-stand-in-the-way/

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Colleges fear losing international students over visa delays

Sat, 2019-08-03 02:03

Shailaja Neelakantan, Education Dive

Dozens of institutions have urged the government to expedite the approval process in order to stem the loss of foreign students. Enrollment of new international students in U.S. colleges is already trending downward. For undergraduates, new enrollments fell 2.9% from their peak in 2015-16 to 2016-17 and again by 6.3% the year after that. Graduate new enrollments are following a similar trend, down 6.8% from their high point in 2015-16 to 2017-18, according to data from the Institute of International Education. Falling enrollments hit colleges’ bottom lines and also affect their local communities. The more than 1 million international students currently in the U.S. pitch in $39 billion to the economy and support as many as 455,000 U.S. jobs despite accounting for just 5.5% of higher ed enrollment in the country, according to NAFSA: Association of International Educators.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/colleges-fear-losing-international-students-over-visa-delays/559153/

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Why Is China the World’s Leader in Edtech?

Fri, 2019-08-02 02:04

Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

Whether you choose to look at size or money, China comes out tops every time in terms of edtech. In 2018, Chinese startups received over 50% of all the capital invested by venture capitalists in edtech worldwide. Chinese edtech companies received more money than the total amount invested in edtech firms from all other countries combined, according to a study by HolonIQ. Education is a $6 trillion industry and is expected to grow to $8 trillion by 2015, according to HolonIQ. However, education is receiving a relatively small portion of global investments when one looks at all sectors. Global investment in all sectors is worth $90 trillion while the education sector is worth only $150 billion.

https://www.thetechedvocate.org/why-is-china-the-worlds-leader-in-edtech/

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The Playbook: 30 Solutions to Promote Faster Credentials

Fri, 2019-08-02 02:03

Kelsey Berkowitz, Third Way

In our current postsecondary system, credentials often don’t build on one another, or “stack.” This makes it difficult for people to pursue their education in smaller, more manageable pieces over time and then stack those pieces—that is, combine multiple short-term credentials into a larger credential (like an associate’s degree). When available, stacking is most commonly seen at the associate’s degree level, but stackable credentials can affect a wide range of credentials and institutional types. Students who participate in short-term programs should not be dissuaded from going on to earn degrees, since degree-holders tend to have higher earnings growth over their lifetimes. And for people who prefer to complete a longer-term credential all at once, the traditional path would remain available. Still, stackable credentials could provide an alternative path to a degree. Here are four ways to encourage broader access to them:

https://www.thirdway.org/report/the-playbook-30-solutions-to-promote-faster-credentials

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Textbook Spending Stays Flat

Fri, 2019-08-02 02:01

By Nick Hazelrigg, Inside Higher Ed

Survey finds the amount students spend on course materials each year has decreased, possibly indicating students are increasingly utilizing open-source material and other educational resources. According to the survey of more than 20,000 students across 41 institutions conducted by the National Association of College Stores, students on average spent $415 on course materials in the 2018-19 academic year, down from $484 last year. Student spending has declined almost every year in the last decade — in 2008 students spent an average of $700 on course materials.

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2019/07/25/spending-and-costs-textbooks-continue-decrease-according-surveys

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Four Steps to Stop the Spread of Disinformation Online

Thu, 2019-08-01 02:09

Lisa Kaplan, Brookings

Since the discovery of social media manipulation by nefarious actors in the 2016 campaign, governments and social media platforms have made few public attempts to disrupt the systems that enable the spread of disinformation. While preserving democratic and economic institutions in the digital era will require more action from governments and platforms, if we, the public, can acknowledge ourselves at the targets, we can make ourselves less susceptible. Here are four simple ways to do your part in fighting back:

https://www.brookings.edu/blog/techtank/2019/07/23/four-steps-to-stop-the-spread-of-disinformation-online/

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The Future of Work in America

Thu, 2019-08-01 02:06

McKinsey Global Institute

Automation technologies promise to deliver major productivity benefits that are too substantial to ignore. They are also beginning to reshape the American workplace, and this evolution will become more pronounced in the next decade. Some occupations will shrink, others will grow, and the tasks and time allocation associated with every job will be subject to change. The challenge will be equipping people with the skills that will serve them well, helping them move into new roles, and addressing local mismatches. This report represents the next stage in our ongoing body of research into the capabilities,
potential, and economic impact of these technologies.   (ed note:  This fact-filled and data visualization enriched report makes for an important resource going forward).

https://www.mckinsey.com/~/media/McKinsey/Featured%20Insights/Future%20of%20Organizations/The%20future%20of%20work%20in%20America%20People%20and%20places%20today%20and%20tomorrow/MGI-The-Future-of-Work-in-America-Report-July-2019.ashx

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Proposal for Federal Income-Share Agreement Program

Thu, 2019-08-01 02:02

Andrew Kreighbaum, Inside Higher Ed

A paper released Tuesday by the Manhattan Institute proposes a federal income-share agreement that would extend students a single $50,000 line of credit. Students would commit to paying back 1 percent of their income for every $10,000 of credit they draw down for 25 years. Jason Delisle, a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and author of the proposal, argues that the ISA structure would mean student aid is not delivered in a regressive manner — those who earn more would pay back more.

https://www.insidehighered.com/quicktakes/2019/07/23/proposal-federal-income-share-agreement-program?mc_cid=b4be181ccc&mc_eid=879d6835e3

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What Amazon’s decision to retrain a third of its employees means for the future of work

Wed, 2019-07-31 02:08

Scott F. Latham, the Conversation

The problem is, at present, higher education is designed for the last industrial revolution, not the current one. Universities and colleges deliver degrees at a glacial pace. The average completion time for a bachelor degree is five years. That’s too slow. Imagine a young computer science major entering a college this fall and graduating in 2024 – at which point researchers expect AI to be capable of coding in complex computer languages like Python. By the time she graduates, not only will she be competing against humans for jobs, but she’ll also be going up against a more efficient and cheaper AI bot.

https://www.myplainview.com/news/article/What-Amazon-s-decision-to-retrain-a-third-of-its-14107770.php

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2019’s Most & Least Educated Cities in America

Wed, 2019-07-31 02:04

Adam McCann, Wallet Hub

To determine where the most educated Americans are putting their degrees to work, WalletHub compared the 150 largest metropolitan statistical areas, or MSAs, across 11 key metrics. Our data set ranges from share of adults aged 25 and older with a bachelor’s degree or higher to quality of the public school system to gender education gap. Read on for our findings, expert insight from a panel of researchers and a full description of our methodology.

https://wallethub.com/edu/most-and-least-educated-cities/6656/

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What Kids Need to Learn to Succeed in 2050 – The art of reinvention will be the most critical skill of this century

Wed, 2019-07-31 02:02

Yuval Noah Harari, Forge Medium

In such a world, the last thing a teacher needs to give her pupils is more information. They already have far too much of it. Instead, people need the ability to make sense of information, to tell the difference between what is important and what is unimportant, and, above all, to combine many bits of information into a broad picture of the world.

https://forge.medium.com/yuval-noah-harari-21-lessons-21st-century-what-kids-need-to-learn-now-to-succeed-in-2050-1b72a3fb4bcf

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AI passes theory of mind test by imagining itself in another’s shoes

Tue, 2019-07-30 02:10

By Donna Lu, New Scientist

Artificial intelligence has passed a classic theory of mind test used with chimpanzees. The test probes the ability to perceive the world from the view of another individual and so AIs with this skill could be better at cooperating and communicating with humans and each other. AIs with theory of mind are key to building machines that can understand the world around them. In recent years, the skill has emerged in a robot whose memories are modelled on human brains and in DeepMind’s ToM-net, which understands that others can have false beliefs.

https://www.newscientist.com/article/2210508-ai-passes-theory-of-mind-test-by-imagining-itself-in-anothers-shoes/

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Teaching Students How To Use Digital Literacy To Find A Job

Tue, 2019-07-30 02:05

by Matt Lynch, Tech Edvocate

Despite being labeled ‘digital natives’, most students today lack the ability to transfer the knowledge and technological skills they have to practical tasks like finding a job. This is why it is important for teachers to teach digital literacy, particularly as it applies to students’ academic and professional lives.

https://www.thetechedvocate.org/teaching-students-how-to-use-digital-literacy-to-find-a-job/

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Governments take first, tentative steps at regulating AI

Tue, 2019-07-30 02:02

By James McCusker, Herald Net

State legislatures in New York and New Jersey have proposed legislation that represents the first, tentative steps at regulation. While the two proposed laws are different, they both have elements of information gathering about the risks to such things as privacy, security and economic fairness.  Both states owe a debt to the New York City’s efforts to understand what AI is, exactly, so it could be defined in law. The initial group established by the City Council could not agree on a definition, which may explain why some of the proposed laws aim at algorithm-based decisions rather than the broader concept of AI. This may be a good start to regulating the use of algorithms in the stock market – the city’s primary interest — but clearly leaves a lot undone.

https://www.heraldnet.com/business/governments-take-first-tentative-steps-at-regulating-ai/

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California finds solution to save distance learners’ financial aid

Mon, 2019-07-29 15:31

Ashley A. Smith, EdSurge
Tens of thousands of online California students are no longer at risk of losing federal financial aid after the state moved quickly to create a new system for addressing complaints from students against out-of-state colleges and universities. The California Department of Consumer Affairs responded by creating a complaint system for those students. The department already has a process for receiving complaints from students enrolled in for-profit colleges and universities. The new set-up satisfies federal requirements, said Russ Heimerich, deputy secretary of communications for the state Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency, which oversees the consumer affairs department, in an email. “This will be our permanent solution.”

https://edsource.org/2019/california-finds-solution-to-save-distance-learners-financial-aid/615662

 

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Quantum Computing Explained at the University of Illinois Springfield

Mon, 2019-07-29 02:06

Ryan Drawdy and Ray Schroeder, Helix Education Blog

Quantum courses have been around for a while, but today, the theories are becoming reality. The idea has already bubbled up in technical areas such as computer science, management of information systems, physics, and computer engineering. But there are also futuristic curricula that need to take into account the advantages of quantum computing. “The computers do exist,” Ray said. “Probably in the near term, they’ll be in the cloud, and we will pay for a millisecond or a second or five seconds of use of the computer at most, so it probably won’t be sitting on your desk.”  (ed note: check out the two minute animation of my explanation of quantum computing)

https://www.helixeducation.com/resources/uncategorized/quantum-computing-university-illinois-springfield/

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Lack of broadband puts tribal, rural areas ‘in jeopardy’

Mon, 2019-07-29 02:02

By Miranda Faulkner, EA Courier
The Havasupai tribe is falling behind in education, health and emergency needs because, like many rural communities, it lacks affordable, reliable and high-speed broadband, a tribal councilwoman told a House committee Thursday. Ophelia Watahomigie-Corliss was one of several witnesses who said rural areas are “in jeopardy” of being left behind without the high-speed internet access of broadband, which is used for everything from telemedicine to distance learning to up-to-the-minute market reports for farmers. “Community members can better their lives and their education through future broadband expansion,” Watahomigie-Corliss said in testimony prepared for a House Agriculture subcommittee.

https://www.eacourier.com/free-access/lack-of-broadband-puts-tribal-rural-areas-in-jeopardy/article_dd74d508-aa44-11e9-94a7-f37b39843d58.html

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Eternal student: Tech brings people back to learning

Mon, 2019-07-29 02:01

N PRABHUDEV, Deccan Chronicle

It’s changing the education system, too. Technology is playing an increasingly prominent role, allowing for new approaches like inverted classrooms, Massive Open Online Courses and ‘mobile learning’. Technology will bring about a radical transformation in schools and colleges. The ‘inverted’ or ‘flipped’ classroom usually refers to a different way of thinking about teaching and learning. In a traditional pedagogical model, a faculty member is a “sage on the stage,” while this is opening up towards a more interactive, collaborative setting.

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